Winter Sun

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Winter Sun


Winter sun cracks open the day

Slides through dormant trees in the way

Casting elongated chilly shadows

Upon awakening cool morning hellos


Sleepy sunbeams half- heartedly gleam

That lukewarm glare without a flare

Fleetingly warms and tickles the feet

And then slithers off down the street







Ivor Steven (c) June 2021

Promote Yourself Monday, June 28, 2021

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I Softly Walk

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I Softly Walk


My sensitive old pen

Bleeds words of why and when

And scrawls blue lines now and then


Life and love have left me breathless

However my empty body is not heartless

Nor is my tired soul sightless


I hear the dusty sky softly walk

And I listen to my angel’s wings quietly talk

About when her universe turned into chalk





Ivor Steven (c) June 2021

A Trill of Sweet Twitters

On Weekly Prompts, the Weekend Challenge is: Visitors. Please visit their fabulous site by clicking on >> Here , and below is my response poem to the ‘Prompt’.

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A Trill of Sweet Twitters


Stepping over mother nature’s stormy aftermath

I gingerly zigzag down the garden path


Where I hear a trill of sweet twitters

From a visiting owl’s newborn critters

The thrilling music of nature’s baby transmitters





Ivor Steven (c) June 2021

Within Hallowed Walls

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Within Hallowed Walls


As per routine, another normal Thursday evening

Although what is normal during times of upheaval


I’m heading off to the local pub

For a smile and a chat about this and that

With the regular crew, having our boys night out

And if you have to ask, you know it must be your shout


I showed up with my book of poems, Tullawalla

The guys had heard about the writings of this old koala

Some were interested and read a page or two

Wiser heads nodded and pulled up a pew


Old Kevin, a handyman and carpenter by trade

Spoke above the crowd. “I’ll buy your book of soft parades”

I said “Fourty Dollars and this Tullawalla is yours

And you’ll be my first sale within these hallowed walls”





Ivor Steven (c) June 2021

My poem, Horses for Courses, is up at ‘Spillwords”

Please visit my poem at ‘Spillwords’, via this link >
https://spillwords.com/horses-for-courses/ , and give me a ❤ ..


HORSES FOR COURSES

written by: Ivor Steven

@ivors20

there is something about the freedom of horses
beyond green pastures and steeple courses

there is something about the purity of life’s sources
from the snowy mountains down the river courses

there is something about the madness of wartime choices
beyond bloodstained lands of the killing forces

there is something about death’s silent voices
riding in wooden coffins down the hearses brief courses



Ivor Steven

Ivor Steven

Ivor Steven was formerly an Industrial Chemist, then a Plumber, and has been writing poetry for 19 years. His book “Tullawalla” was recently published. He has had numerous poems published in anthologies, and on-line magazines. He is an active member of the Geelong Writers Inc.(Australia), and is a team member/barista with the on-line magazine “Go Dog Go Cafe” (America)


Cheers

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Cheers


From the Barnes and Noble Print Press

All Subjects Best Sellers List

In a vast crew of other guests

Totaling forty one thousand and seventy seven

{ 41,077 }

The poet’s book from downunder

Tullawalla is floating on seventh heaven

Sailing in at position number

One hundred and eleven

{ 111 }

Lower or higher from here

Words of reality have no fear

The author’s soulful career

Is already overflowing with cheer





Ivor Steven (c) June 2021

A Tequila Sunrise

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A Tequila Sunrise


Uncovered digits

Exposed and frigid

Purple chilblain arrows

Hero’s beyond zero


My bare toes froze

Icicles fell off my nose

As I searched for warm clothes

And a shot of Tequila from Mexico





Ivor Steven (c) June 2021

Warrior (a Senryu)

My ‘Senryu’ today was written as a response/comment, to Donna’s poem she posted this morning. Her emotional words touched me deeply ..
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Not A Love Poem | DJ Ranch


Warrior


a warrior girl

gives her life another twirl

survives in her world



Here is Glen Hansard’s song “Don’t Settle”, that I selected to match the emotions behind my ‘Senryu’, sing along with his superb lyrics below




Ivor Steven (c) June 2021


Glen Hansard Lyrics 

“Don’t Settle” 
 
 

When you climbed the hill of vision 
As above so it was below 
Through the apathy and derision 
Each step ascending you took alone 
And when they pin you in the corner 
Pay no heed to their droning on 
‘Cause you’re not going back where you don’t belong 
 
Well you rose up through the ranks now 
And you worked hard for your luck 
You’ve only got yourself to thank now 
You and everybody else in the book 
And there are hidden hands to guide you 
Other forces now at play 
But you’ve got to learn to get out of their way 
 
Oh, don’t settle 
Oh, not yet 
Oh, don’t settle 
For less 
 
May your song ring true and bright now 
And be honed by your own hand 
As the day gives way to night now 
May it echo through the land 
And when they turn your words against you 
Try to grind you to the ground 
Let them know that they might beat you 
But they’ll never turn you round 
 
Oh, don’t settle 
Oh, not yet 
Oh, don’t settle 
For less 
 
Well you sought no one’s allegiance 
You were cowed by no one’s hand 
You outgrew your antecedents 
Worked your own corner of the land 
And when they set their sights upon you 
Come to mine the seam you struck 
May you bid them well and wish them luck 
 
Oh, don’t settle 
Oh, not yet 
Oh, don’t settle 
And don’t forget what Liam Clancy said 
 
No envy, no anger, no cruelty, no regrets 
No jealousy, no rancour, no confusion; don’t forget 
No enemy, no anger, no incredulity; show respect 
No envy, no anger, no judgement on no one; lest you forget 
Lest you forget what they did to you 
Come on, rise off your knees, you’re not beaten yet 
No envy, no anger, no judgement on no one; lest you forget 
 
And you’re not going back where you don’t fit 

“Why?”

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Why?”


The blame game

Remains the same

Suspended and lame

In this round picture frame



And as time flies by

A heavy fog remains high in the sky

Where birds see their mates die

And cry from the sky “Why?”

“Who is responsible for our filthy sky”



Today’s Music: Xavier Rudd’s beautiful new song… enjoy …




Ivor Steven (c) June 2021